March 8, 2017 Subject:
Bird Song > Comes a Time > Deal. That's how you end a first set.
June 28, 2014 Subject:
Well, I can't really throw my weight entirely behind this one - it's easily the most overrated show of '85 and I think a lot of this show's staying power was, indeed, it's circulation and pristine sound (yep, I had a tape I wore out along with all of you)....but, compared to so many outstanding shows from '85 and especially this summer tour, I can't drink the Kool-Aid and slather five stars all over the place where it just don't belong...Jerry struggles mightily through this one vocally, and only when Morning Dew comes around does he seem to get it together - in fact, really, the goods for this show more or less start with Drums and end when the show ends. Bobby's MNS and Estimated do provide some early set 2 fireworks, but set 1 is hopelessly all over the place, in terms of playing, lyrics, technical problems, etc.
Hey, more power to ya if you enjoyed this rainy day - I myself will largely stick with any of the myriad other beauties of June/July '85: Saratoga, Coyahoga, Cincinnati, The Greek, Merriweather, Ventura....etc. etc.
November 29, 2013 Subject:
cold and wet
Despite the cold rain (for June) the energy was high going into the field for the show - the locals were a little freaked out - Bumper sticker of the tour "Trouble ahead, Jerry in red". Took a non dead head date who stood in rain the whole show, we're still married - but I tour solo.
Charlie Miller has done it again- brought all the music back. Thank you!
Reviewer:Buddy Q. Iodine
February 8, 2013 Subject:
I was close enough to see the "ignore alien orders" sticker on Weir's guitar for this show. It rained and there was a ridiculous crush getting in.
Nobody took my ticket; a guy said "please, I came all the way from california," and I slid it through the fence. He said "sucker!" Well, I didn't need the ticket, but this was an introduction to the seamier side of the scene. I was like 15 and thought all hippies were nice to each other, like Blair Jackson said they were.
Somebody said about this SBD that it's so clean you can hear the crossovers snap. it's pretty good!
The parts of the show I remember best are the Music Never Stopped, which seemed really inspired, to open the second set, and Phil trying to steamroll Bobby out of space into the Other One. Plus the Dew, and "jerry in red", plus a blazer. A good look, but it portended ill health.
This was very strong show in a good year, despite garcia's near-death experiences and ragged voice. He still played well.
What a pleasant surprise this show was for me. Gone are the days where I immediately dismiss an early 80’s show just because Jerry sounds close to death. For this particular performance I am guessing Jerry was approximately 60-65% deceased, yet he gave a very inspired performance which was also a little sloppy at times. We start right off with a CRS, which kinda caught me off guard. Immediately I notice just how shot Jerry sounds, but his playing was there..Pretty nice opener which was wound very tight at the end which plowed right into a very decent Promised Land. Bobby sounds hot tonight. Ramble On was next, and it sorta sucked. Now, the Aint Superstitious>Down in the Bottom sounded like Minglewood. No, it was Minglewood note for note with different lyrics. I really didn’t like it too much but again, Bobby is sounding good today so that helps…Bird Song>Comes a Time>Deal is next and is definitely the highlight of the first set. Im just gonna say that in general this combo is very nice. It just is sorta depressing to me to hear such an emotional song (Comes a Time) sung by Jer with such a shot voice. Im sure it was quite the moment for the crowd to hear with thoughts and rumors of his poor health swirling around by now. The first set is done and I felt a little moved by the first set. Very nice, much better than I anticipated.
TMNS starts off the second set after a few words from Bobby, and its off to the races again. Brent sounds a little higher in the mix during the second set, but not too high to put me off. They pull off the opener nicely and then they meander into Tom Thumb, which I really liked. The slow, weird time of this one really made it for me. In addition to Phil dropping cone splitting bombs all over this Park, he also does this one justice. Sweet job Phil! Next we have Estimated>Terrapin>.Drums>Space which starts off pretty good with some heavy vocals from Bobby, but it really loses its way during Terrapin..I thin Jerry misses two complete verses and I think Bobby may have woke him up abruptly for the second time around on the chorus. Drums and Space were just that and that part of the combo was really weak. Terrapin really killed it. I mean, Brent had his moments but they were not enough to keep this stinker from reeking up the place. That’s OK though because when they melt back into Miracle bobby really brings it..Strong!! I don’t ever really care for Miracle but this one delivers. Out of Miracle, we have the best and most emotional part of the show which is Dew. Man, I cant imagine what that was like hearing live. I was blown away by this Dew and for very good reason. His shot, almost sad sounding voice coupled with his heavy riffs make this an emotional roller coaster. Great Dew. Loved it. Throwin was kinda a disappointment after the beautiful Dew, and the NFA wound this one up nicely. The encore was Day Job, and I have to admit that song confuses me. Its like this hoky little melody that almost seems like it’s a joke or something. I have no idea how that song was ever taken seriously by the band nor why they played it so much during this time frame.
So, my thoughts…This was a very good show by any standard. I think for ’85, it’s a remarkable show. I just have a hard time listening to Jerry when he sounds so awful. His playing for the most part was hot on this night, but he sounded like Kermit close to death most of the time. Comes a Time and Dew both really got me, and so did this show for the most part. Set aside the abysmal Terrapin sequence, and this woulda been one of the greats. I just have to mention Phil’s influence real quick on this one. His bomb dropping throughout was a big factor in Jerry’s performance I think. It always seems to me when Phil has a really good show, Jerry does too. I think that was the case here and Jerry gave it pretty much everything he had on this evening. They both sounded wonderful. I am recommending this and giving it an B. I bet this one was great live! Cheers!
September 23, 2011 Subject:
I was suppsed to go to this show but didn't. I do so regret that decision . Great show here. An excellent Bird Song>CAT>Deal. I love the Setlists throughout 85. The summer 85 Spaces are excellent, as is this one. Morning Dew crushes and then a high energy NFA to finish things out is hot. I am dissappointed I don't have first-hand memories of this show but it sounds excellent all these yeas later.
I prefer the SPAC or MPP myself, but this is very close to a 4 star show for me which gets rounded up.
June 29, 2011 Subject:
i need a miracle
phil wants to go into the other one i dig this show being at the park
May 12, 2011 Subject:
SWEET AS CHOCHOLATE!!!
SWEET ASS BOARD! THE MILLER TEAM STRIKES AGAIN. MY 5TH SHOW. 19 YEARS OLD. GOONY BIRDS ALL OVER THE PLACE! EVERYONE WAS FLYIN'!!! SHORT 1ST SET. 3 JERRY SONGS IN A ROW. EPIC 2ND SET. I REMEMBER THE SCARY SPACE! GREAT PARKING LOT SCENE. YOU COULD SMELL THE CHOCOLATE COOKING FROM THE CANDY FACTORY!!!!